EAT, DRINK AND QUIZ!
With more and more pubs and restaurants jumping on the quizzing bandwagon, there is a new zing to quizzing
It is suddenly
raining quizzes in amchen Goem! Clubs, pubs and restaurants have all begun organising monthly
quizzes. There are as many as five regular monthly quizzes taking place in the
state today. A figure which, according to experts, could even reach ten every
month in the tourist season.
However, it was not always like this. According to ace quizzer
and quiz host Rajiv D’Silva, about 14 of his friends met on the terrace of his
Panjim home one Sunday evening in June 2007 to conduct a quiz. The group soon
swelled to 25-30 people and the quizzers had to shift to the Corporation of the
City of Panjim hall for their monthly dose of Sunday quizzing. This is how the
popular Sunday Evening Quiz Club (SEQC) was born.
Before the formation of the SEQC, which quiz ace Aniruddha Sen
Gupta points out is pronounced as ‘sexy’, there was hardly any quizzing
activity in Goa. Passionate quizzers like Rajiv and publisher Harshvardhan
Bhatkuly used to travel to Pune and Mumbai as a team and win prizes in the
popular Brand Equity and Tata Crucible quizzes. According to Aniruddha, the
performance of the duo in these quizzes prompted the Tata Crucible to conduct a
special Goa round of their quiz in the following years.
As the national
quizzing spotlight fell on Goa, local schools, colleges and organisations soon
jumped on the quizzing bandwagon. These include the Incredible India Quizzes
held on August 15 every year, the Goa History Quiz for schools organised by the
Xavier Centre of Historical Research (XCHR) and several other inter-school and
Meanwhile, the SEQC
started a Margao chapter in 2011 and quizzers suddenly had the option of
attending the Panjim SEQC on the first Sunday of each month at the
International Centre Goa (ICG) at Dona Paula or the Margao SEQC at the
government health department office in Margao on the last Sunday of each month.
SEQC is quite clearly the umbrella organisation for all quizzing in Goa. Says
Rajiv, “The secret of SEQC’s success is that there are no entry barriers.
Quizzes are attended by the young and the old, by hardcore quizzers and
complete greenhorns. The atmosphere is friendly and light-hearted, unlike other
quiz clubs where the atmosphere can be very over-intellectualised and
Inspired by the SEQC,
Malaka Spice, the Southeast Asian restaurant inside the Grande Delmon Hotel in
Panjim, introduced their own monthly quiz on the last Wednesday of each month,
from February 2017. This quiz is gaining in popularity.
Rajiv D’Silva, who
hosts the Malaka Spice quiz, says, “Pub quizzes are a good way for restaurants
and pubs to attract a different kind of clientele to their establishments, one
that would normally not patronise them. I think many restaurants and pubs in
Goa have realised this and are now scheduling quiz events in the same way they
would bands and other ‘entertainment’ events.”
Among the early
movers on the quiz scene is the Earthen Oven Pub in Candolim, which began their
monthly quiz evenings on the third Friday of each month, hosted by quiz masters
like Aniruddha in the tourist season of 2015. Says Srijit Kumar, Marketing
Manager, Acron India, owners of Earthen Oven, “We host our monthly quiz to a
packed room of first-time and veteran quizzers who mingle in free teams to
crack the quiz of the month over free-flowing food and drinks.”
Aniruddha, quizzes in pubs and restaurants can be a lot of fun. “There are
certain non-serious formats that can be tried out at pub quizzes which we
usually would not explore at our regular quizzes. Also, one can have questions
on more risqué subjects. For example, a recent pub quiz was titled ‘Tears of
the Peacock: Love and Sex in the Time of Birdbrains’.”
The latest kid on the
block seems to be the Watson’s Grub and Pub near the Garcia de Orta park in
Panjim. Watson’s has started a monthly quiz on the first Thursday of each
month. Says Ashley D’Cruz, manager, “We wanted to go beyond bands and music and
do something different. The pub quiz allows us to interact with our guests in a
can be seen, if you have a yen for quizzing, you can have a great evening in
Goa, sipping a martini and figuring out who constructed the Great Wall of
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